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Can the nurse in charge’s NMC PIN be at risk if a drug error is made by a care assistant?

Lindsay Rees
Answered by Lindsay Rees

As a nurse, you must always work to the professional standards detailed in the NMC Code of Conduct.

The NMC Code states:

Standard 11

‘Be accountable for your decisions to delegate tasks and duties to other people.’

To achieve this, you must:

  • 11.1 only delegate tasks and duties that are within the other person’s scope of competence, making sure that they fully understand your instructions
  • 11.2 make sure that everyone you delegate tasks to is adequately supervised and supported so they can provide safe and compassionate care
  • 11.3 confirm that the outcome of any task you have delegated to someone else meets the required standard

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About Lindsay Rees

Lindsay joined QCS in May 2022 as the Head of Social Care Content following 17 years working as senior leader in Adult Social Care. She is a qualified adult nurse and has previously held operational leadership roles including, registered manager, regional support manager, regional clinical quality manager, head of quality and director of health.

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